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Overview and status of the Kepler Mission
Author(s): David G. Koch; William Borucki; Edward Dunham; John Geary; Ronald Gilliland; Jon Jenkins; David Latham; Eric Bachtell; Dan Berry; William Deininger; Riley Duren; Thomas Nicholas Gautier; Ladd Gillis; David Mayer; Chris D. Miller; Dan Shafer; Charles K. Sobeck; Chris Stewart; Michael Weiss
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Paper Abstract

The Kepler Mission is a search for terrestrial planets specifically designed to detect Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of solar-like stars. In addition, the mission has a broad detection capability for a wide range of planetary sizes, planetary orbits and spectral types of stars. The mission is in the midst of the developmental phase with good progress leading to the preliminary design review later this year. Long lead procurements are well under way. An overview in all areas is presented including both the flight system (photometer and spacecraft) and the ground system. Launch is on target for 2007 on a Delta II.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552346
Show Author Affiliations
David G. Koch, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
William Borucki, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Edward Dunham, Lowell Observatory (United States)
John Geary, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Ronald Gilliland, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Jon Jenkins, SETI Institute (United States)
David Latham, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Eric Bachtell, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Dan Berry, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
William Deininger, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Riley Duren, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Thomas Nicholas Gautier, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ladd Gillis, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
David Mayer, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Chris D. Miller, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Dan Shafer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Charles K. Sobeck, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Chris Stewart, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Michael Weiss, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5487:
Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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